Fundamentals of Physics
A middle grades, hands-on science course
**THIS CLASS IS FULL**
Physics begins with our everyday life, describing the matter, forces, and energy of ordinary experiences. In our everyday actions, such as walking, driving a car, or using a phone, physics is at work. Physics is interesting to us because we are curious about how the world works.
Fundamentals of Physics is a cooperative, activity-based class, with both in-class activities and a project or “challenge” to complete each week outside of class. Readings, videos, and review materials will also be provided for use outside of class. A material list will be given before the beginning of class, and materials will be easily accessible and affordable. Some materials may need to be purchased online.
- Kinetic and Potential Energy
- The Law of Conservation of Energy
- Newton's Laws
- Force, motion, velocity, acceleration
- Simple Machines
Age Range: 10-13
Class type: Live
Class dates: January 12 - April 20, 2023 (No Class March 2)
Class Size: 6-12 Learners
Day & Time: Thursday 3:00-4:00 pm EST
All student assignments and projects turned in will be given specific, individualized feedback by the instructor. Lessons and activities meet important Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for middle grades.
Classes will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm EST. The class will meet for approximately one hour.
Approximately 1-2 hours of work outside of live class times.
- Fundamentals of Physics is geared toward grades 5th-8th (approximate ages 10-13), so all participants should be able to read, write, and complete assignments at this level. There will be some basic math skills needed, but calculators are acceptable.
- Accommodations can be made on an individual basis. Please contact the instructor to discuss one-on-one.
- Students in this class should be able to work cooperatively during class times with other students.
To participate in this class, learners will need the following:
- Internet access
- Zoom (free account)
- A computer with microphone and camera for in-class participation
- Google account (free) for turning in assignments.
- Legos, K’Nex (basic building blocks with wheels) or other building set
- Balloons, bottles, old CD, and other household items
- A strong magnet, iron nail, paper clips
- Wires, small light bulbs, D batteries (a detailed list will be provided before class)
*There will be specific materials listed for each week's activities posted at least two weeks before the class starts.
Fundamentals of Physics: $275 per student
Please contact Alison Blanco at [email protected] with any questions about this course.